What are we most likely to lie about? Astonishingly, it’s keeping money you found rather than handing it over to its rightful owner (56%). This is followed by keeping your mouth shut when undercharged (52%) and hiding purchases from your partner (36%).
Men more likely to be deceitful with money
Next time you’re talking finances with your partner, you might not want to take them at their word. This is especially true if your partner is a man.
In all but one category — withholding purchases from a partner — men are more likely than women to have lied to their partner about finances.
But while men are more likely to have lied across the board, in most cases they’re also more likely to have felt guilty about what they’d done, eventually confessing their transgressions to their partner.
Gen Y is a bunch of liars
Those in Gen Y are more likely than their generational counterparts to lie in all eight categories. Buying an item with the intent to return it provided the largest disparity among the generations, with 58% of Gen Y admitting to having done it, versus 24% of Gen Xers and only 9% of baby boomers. Closely following is those who admitted to downloading content illegally: 49% of Gen Y, 24% of Gen X and 11% of boomers.
While Gen Y is most likely to have lied about their finances, in most cases they’re also most likely to cop to what they’ve done. In all but two categories — keeping quiet when undercharged and illegally downloading content — Gen Y is most likely to feel guilty and come clean.
Breakdown by State
There’s a reason they call it Sin City
Those living in Nevada — home of Las Vegas and little sister Reno — topped the list in four out of eight categories: misrepresenting their status for financial gain (45%), withholding information on taxes (24%), buying an item with the intent to use it once and return it (29%, tied with Georgia) and illegally downloading content (39%, tied with California).
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